In T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, Prufrock who is the narrator speaks with an unconfident tone towards finding love. Throughout the poem Prufrock has an unmotivated attitude in which he is regretful about being insecure with himself, especially, in front of women. The reader may notice that Prufrock is very self conscious of himself when he is in the presence of a woman. He also has no drive or motivation to go after them. Prufrock’s lack of confidence causes him to easily be rejected or humiliated by woman. Therefore he does not try to find his love, to keep from being denied and have his hopes and dreams crushed by this woman even more. The negative outlook Prufrock has on life restricts him from being able to find a woman to settle down and start his life with.
The Introduction of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” begins with an epigraph in which Prufrock admits his fear about his insecurities to only one person who is in the same predicament as he is. Knowing that this person will not be capable of telling anyone else the confession about his personal self doubtfulness, the only reason Prufrock is able to admit this to another is because, “If I thought my answer were to someone who/ might see the world again, then there would be/ no more stirrings of this flame. Since it is true” (epigraph). Prufrock understands that this other guy that he is addressing throughout the poem and him have no chance of ever being able to see life again. So there is no possibility of this man telling another soul about what Prufrock is about to say. At this point is the only time is the poem Prufrock is confident in him from talking to someone else about his fears and lack of confidence. As he says “Should I, after tea and cakes and ices, / Have the strength to force the moment to its crisis?”(79-80) referring to how he decided not to go up and talk to this lady, but debated whether or not he should have. After talking about this...
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